Oakland University Honors Alumni and Friends at Awards Banquet

As part of its annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oakland University (OU) recognized alumni and friends who have achieved success in business, community services, volunteerism and other areas at its 24th annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

OU alumnus Bryan K. Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills and Chair of the Oakland University Alumni Association Board of Directors, delivered welcoming remarks, and OU Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Greg Kampe, served as Master of Ceremonies.

The group poses for a photo, each holding their award

Robert Gaylor, Ken McCarter, Tom Ford, Sharman Cobb-Davenport (front), Hillary Sawchuk (back), Constance O’Malley, Frank Rewold (back), Bev Rewold (front), Sean Rewold, Malcom Dunbar, and Beth Benson.

This year’s recipients are:

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Beth Benson
Immediate Past Chair, OU Alumni Association Board of Directors
Blue Cross Blue Shield (retired)

The Distinguished Alumni Service A ward is Oakland’s highest alumni honor. It recognizes peerless volunteer leadership in service to OU or its alumni association.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Malcom Dunbar, CSP, MSSM
Vice President Environmental Health and Safety, Edward C. Levy Co. Detroit

The Distinguished Alumni  Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement or contribution to the community.

Odyssey Award
Constance O’Malley, RN, BSN, MHSA, FACHE
President, Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills

The Odyssey Award honors alumni  whose lives exemplify Oakland University’s motto to “seek virtue and knowledge.”

Spirit Award
Ken McCarter
Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor, School of Business Administration
Vice President of Labor Relations, Chrysler (retired)

The Spirit Award recognizes exemplary volunteer service to the university.

Alumni Community Service Award
Sharman Cobb-Davenport
Chair, Oakland University Alumni Association Black Alumni Chapter
CEO, Turning Point

The Alumni Community Service Award recognizes distinctive service of a humanitarian nature or citizenship through community, public, or OU service activities.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Hillary Sawchuk
Founder, Producer and Host, Adrinkwith.com

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes  alumni who have demonstrated the worth of their education through their post-college achievements and, generally, have graduated within the last ten years.

Honorary Alumni Award
Tom Ford
Athletic Trainer, Oakland University (retired)

Robert Gaylor
Librarian, Kresge Library, Oakland University

The Honorary Alumni Awards are given to individuals who have not graduated from OU, but who have given outstanding service to the university.

Pioneer Award
Frank Rewold & Son

The Pioneer Award honors a group of individuals who have made significant contributions that led to the growth and excellence of Oakland University. 

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